The holidays are over, and things are beginning to return to normality. But retailers can see this as an opportunity to prey on customers while their guard is down. Here’s 5 things to remember before spending again in the January Sales.
1. Do Your Research
Retailers often use this opportunity to sell off last season’s stock and lower value items. Especially with technology, you may find that many heavily discounted products are soon to be replaced with newer, better models. It could be worth your while to wait a little longer and save some more, to get the best possible item.
2. Spend Wisely
If you’ve built up debt over Christmas that still isn’t paid back, you should hold back on pushing your wallet even further. It can be tough when you have various brands battling for your attention, with prices that are difficult to ignore. But, you’ll thank yourself in the long run.
3. Know your rights
Discounted products can often be a grey area when it comes to each individual shop’s Returns Policy. Be wary of unusual discounts. Such products may be damaged, and therefore not eligible for return. Others may only be eligible for return in exchange for credit in that particular store. Always double check the policy before buying on impulse. And remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
4. Shop Online
Having spent what felt like an eternity in shopping centres in December, the January sales come around all too fast. The endless queuing and frantic pace is still fresh in our memory. Save yourself the hassle and shop online. It’s great for finding exactly what you’re looking for, and some stores even offer exclusive online discounts.
5. Stay Alert
When bargain hunting, it’s important not to get seduced by the overwhelming discounts displayed by stores. Don’t focus on the amount of saving you are promised, instead focus on how much you will spend. This is the best way to decide if the product is worth it for you personally.
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